Protesters covered in oil during a die-in demonstration

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A die-in in Chicago
A demonstrator covered in oil participates in a die-in on May 17, a protest against the Keystone pipeline ahead of the NATO 2012 Summit in Chicago. The town has gone into lockdown mode as everyone with a gripe — from pipeline protestors to nurses — has descended on the Windy City to be heard.

 

The reason? Delegations from around the world are gathering in Chicago for the NATO summit starting May 20 to reach an agreement on how to pull combat troops out of Afghanistan by 2014. 

 


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Protesters covered in oil during a die-in demonstration

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

'Planet before profits'
Demonstrators make a spectacle on May 17 in front of the Canadian consolate in Chicago. (The "oil" was actually vegetable oil, corn starch, flour and chocolate syrup, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.) In addition to hosting world leaders, the summit is also attracting the presence of anti-globalization and anti-war activists — including the likes of Occupy Chicago and Anonymous — who argue that money used to fund warfare should be put towards social programs to help communities hit hardest by the recession.

 


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